Tuesday, March 20, 2012

We received eight pages of . . .

. . . manuscript telegraph news yesterday after dinner which had been printed in Chicago papers published at six o’clock of the evening previous, received here by mail at 12:30 and read by us in an hour before the dispatches came to hand.  The Cairo news was not so late by three hours as we had received already by Railroad passengers.  Here is a fair sample of telegraphic gouging for the benefit of Chicago papers.  Why do you take telegraphic dispatches at all we are often asked?  Simply because enough news is sent promptly to render it impossible for us to do without them, while a large amount is kept back to compel people to buy Chicago dailies.  We are treated to no worse than the Keokuk, Muscatine, Davenport, and Dubuque papers.  The only difference is, they either know no better or lack the spirit to resist the cut throats.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 2

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